Senate passes Brown’s Invest in Washington Jobs Act Sen. Sharon Brown, chair of the Senate Trade and Economic Development Committee, has made attracting employers to Washington and helping them create jobs her top priorities since coming to the Senate. On Thursday, the Senate passed her “Invest in Washington” jobs bill, aimed at encouraging economic growth and new manufacturing... Read More...
Brown comments on Senate budget slated for vote today Tri-Cities lawmaker applauds the no-new taxes, pro-education budget After a marathon session that saw more than 70 amendments and floor discussions that finally adjourned at 4:15 a.m. Friday, lawmakers are poised to take a final vote today on the Washington State Senate’s two-year, operating budget proposal. Sen. Sharon Brown, the... Read More...
House panel approves trio of Brown bills tied to energy and jobs Economic-development committee endorses nuclear-education program, training for clean-energy jobs Today the House Technology and Economic Development Committee voted to advance three measures sponsored by state Sen. Sharon Brown, including her signature pro-jobs bill – the Community Prosperity and Revitalization (CPR) Act. “I have focused this session on looking for bipartisan... Read More...
Nuclear power and House budget and the Auditor, oh my! What a week it has been in Olympia. We are now just one month away from what should be the end of the 2015 legislative session, and finally – on day 75 of the 105-day legislative session, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has released its budget proposal. My bills to... Read More...
Bridges to a Better Government: No excuses There are just five weeks to go in the 2015 legislative session. Although we are now two-thirds of the way through the 105-day session, we still haven’t seen a budget proposal from the majority party in the House of Representatives, which is responsible for initiating the budget process this year.... Read More...
Nuclear technology is the new way to go green This post originally appeared on the leadership blog of the Majority Coalition Caucus, Exit 105. In an era when carbon emissions are becoming a major concern and clean energy is a popular cause, Washington is poised to become a center for the development of one of the greenest technologies around.... Read More...
Bridges to a Better Government: Reaching 13.1 miles There are many who describe the legislative session as a marathon. It’s a good analogy. We use the interims between sessions to train – taking part in work sessions and preparing legislation. When the race begins, it does so with a bang and a flash, and lots of excitement and... Read More...
Senate approves bill to add nuclear energy to Green Power Program Today the Senate continued its efforts to add nuclear-generated power to the state’s clean-energy mix. By a bipartisan vote of 29-20, the Senate passed a measure sponsored by Sen. Sharon Brown that would include carbon-free nuclear power on the list of alternative-energy sources included in the state’s voluntary Green Power... Read More...